|Solar Sail Readies for Early Warning Mission|
NASA's Solar Sail project, directed by L'Garde of Tustin, Calif., plans to take this innovative technology beyond Earth's orbit. The spacecraft will have a "sail" one quarter the size of a football field and park in a pseudo LaGrange point closer to the sun to double the current warning period for dangerous solar flares. Slated for launch in late 2014, the instrument aboard the solar sail craft will use the sun's photon radiation to gently offset the corresponding pull of the sun's gravity.
Keywords: What -- Sun; Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; Solar Sails; exploration; beyond earth orbit; solar flares
|J-2X Engine Continues to Set Standards|
Testing of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine continues to set standards. Last fall, the engine attained 100 percent power in just its fourth test and became the fastest U.S. rocket engine to achieve a full-flight duration test, hitting that 500-second mark in its eighth test. On, May 25, NASA recorded another first during a 40-second test of the engine on the A-2 Test Stand at John C. Stennis Space Center...
Keywords: J-2X rocket engine; Marshall Space Flight Center; Stennis Space Center; space exploration; beyond earth orbit
|Throttle Up! J-2X Powerpack Test Sets Record|
During a record-breaking June 8 test, engineers throttled the J-2X powerpack up and down several times to explore numerous operating points required for the fuel and oxidizer turbopumps. The results of this test will be useful for determining performance and hardware life for the J-2X engine turbopumps. The J-2X engine will power the upper stage of the evolved NASA¹s Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration be...
Keywords: Where -- Mississippi; Marshall Space Flight Center; J2-x rocket engine; Space Launch System; Stennis Space Center; beyond earth orbit; space exploration
|J-2X Engine Test Goes Full Duration|
NASA conducted a 260-second J-2X engine test at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi on June 13 marking another step in developing the Space Launch System, the next-generation rocket that will carry humans deeper into space than ever before. (NASA/SSC)
Keywords: Where -- Mississippi; Marshall Space Flight Center; J2-X rocket engine; Space Launch System; beyond earth orbit; Stennis Space Center; space exploration